Date: Fri, 3 Jun 1994 12:09:47 -0400 From: GURT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET Subject: tom- ? Last night a young man (high school junior) called Thomas was wondering about tom- as a morpheme denoting maleness, as in tomcat and tom turkey (and tomboy, "but shouldn't that be `tomgirl'?", which seems logical to me ;-) ). I have no idea (and I'm not at home this week, so it's a little harder for me to check), and I told Thomas I'd post to the list. Anyone? Thanks! I'll forward replies to his dad to share with him. Joan C. Cook Department of Linguistics Georgetown University cookj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]